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Type of Disaster Does Not Predict PTSD

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is often experienced by individuals who have experienced or witnessed a tragic event. The situation leading to PTSD can be anything traumatic, from a car accident to military deployment to a combat zone. Witnessing an assault, experiencing a severe injury or even enduring an especially difficult childbirth can lead to PTSD.

Eating Disorder Recovery During the Holidays

For those who are overcoming years of disordered eating, the holidays can be a real trial. Food is front and center at almost every celebration or tradition during these months. Those confronted with a barrage of calorie-rich foods and lots of extra tensions, many struggle against retreating into former patterns of restriction, purging and extreme …

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New Survey Shows 64 Percent of College Students with Mental Illness Leave School

Getting a handle on how mental health issues disrupt the lives of college students is no easy task. But a new survey, College Students Speak, conducted by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) went right to the students living with mental health conditions to find out if schools were meeting their needs and what …

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Alcohol May Increase the Symptoms of Depression

Depression leaves individuals feeling empty of energy and full of hopelessness. Some will unfortunately turn to methods like alcohol or abuse drugs to find a temporary lift out of the darkness; yet, these methods only bind the illness momentarily and over time make the depression worse.

Seasonal Affective Disorder

Sunlight stimulates the production of endorphins-the chemicals that give us a boost of happiness and energy. As a result, it’s no wonder many people prefer sunny days to overcast ones, and why clouds and rain have come to be associated with gloom. If sunlight helps people to feel happy, it’s only natural that days with …

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Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified

Eating disorders are among the deadliest mental illnesses there are. Because secrecy plays such a part in these disorders, they are often difficult to detect. Since the disorder has gone undetected for so long, its mechanisms are often firmly entrenched by the time the person seeks help, making it very tough to overcome.

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